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8 - 22 January 2017: That Cold Day in the Park


That Cold Day in the Park

Robert Altman
1969 | 112 min | Colour | Digital

"Initially leaving critics and audiences slightly chilled, That Cold Day in the Park marks a critical turning point for Altman as his earliest feature film to expressively and naturalistically convey the sociopsychological themes that would recur throughout his career. Sandy Dennis' lonely, wealthy, repressed Frances is the first of many Altman women who are imprisoned within cryptically prismatic emotional confines. In this case, the peculiar, nervous Frances responds by trapping a differently estranged creature in an impromptu web of dependence. Aided by atmospheric New Hollywood cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, Altman artfully deploys mirrors, translucence, and a sensual, disorienting darkness while disclosing information in seductive, veiled increments. His audience is therefore alert and sensitive to the subtle fluctuations and power shifts within Frances’ obsessive relationship with her mysterious prisoner." – Harvard Film Archive

Part of our Robert Altman season